Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s hospital earlier this morning, the events of the day have unfolded rather rapidly.
After Catherine gave birth to a girl, Prince William left the hospital to pick up their son, Prince George at Kensington Palace so that he could meet his little sister, whose name will be released “in due course,” according to the palace.
After pulling up to the front entrance in his Range Rover, William got George out of his car seat and plopped him on the sidewalk, hoping the toddler would walk on his own into the hospital.
George, however, was having none of it and held out his arms to indicate that he wanted to be picked up.
William encouraged George to wave to the crowds across the street, and the little prince did not disappoint.
“He was fascinated by us, wasn’t he?” veteran photographer Arthur Edwards told Sky News‘ Kay Burley.
This was a real treat for not only royal watchers, but for the press pack as well. This marks only the third public appearance made by George in the UK. The first was his birth, followed by his christening at St. James’s Palace in October 2013.
“There’s a real policy in the Cambridge family to keep Prince George out of the public view,” royal commentator Alastair Bruce told Sky News‘ Kay Burley, adding that William and Catherine want their son (and now, daughter) to have as private a life as possible despite being part of one of the world’s most famous families.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that William and Catherine will leave St. Mary’s Hospital tonight with their daughter, and that George has already returned home to Apartment 1A.